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What we learned in Giants' encouraging win over Padres

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Donovan Solano and Mike Yastrzemski

The first Giants-Padres game of the year couldn't have gone worse for San Diego, but San Francisco's ended with a win.

The Padres (3-2) watched superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. crumple to the ground with a left shoulder subluxation after his first at-bat, and they never regained much life. Anthony DeSclafani had a strong Giants debut, Mike Yastrzemski came off the bench for a go-ahead homer, and the bullpen got through the late innings as the Giants (2-2) snuck out of Petco Park with a 3-2 win that wiped away memories of an ugly weekend in Seattle.

Here are three things to know from the Giants' second win of the year.

Petco Power

The Giants have multiple homers in three of their four games this season, and they lead the big leagues with nine homers after getting three more on Monday.

Darin Ruf got a look in left with lefty Adrian Morejon on the mound, and he crushed one to dead center for his first of the year. Evan Longoria went the opposite way for the third time in four games and is tied for the MLB lead in homers. Yastrzemski's pinch-hit homer, the second of his career, gave the Giants the lead after the teams went back and forth early.

Disco's Debut

You could see why the Giants liked DeSclafani so much in the offseason, particularly in the fifth. With a couple of runners on and one out, he held a one-run lead by blowing 93 mph past Eric Hosmer, the league's hottest hitter, and Tommy Pham. Hosmer also swung through a nasty changeup and Pham saw a good curveball.

 

DeSclafani went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. DeSclafani also became the first Giants pitcher since 2019 to swing a bat, but he struck out both times up.

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Taking a Solid Step

Asked on Monday afternoon about Reyes Moronta's dip in velocity, manager Gabe Kapler said the key right now is getting the right-hander to be effective with his off-speed pitches. Moronta topped out at 95.3 mph with his fastball in the seventh inning, two to three ticks below what he's used to, but he pumped sliders and got three groundouts.

Manny Machado hit one 71 mph, Eric Hosmer was at 75, and Tommy Pham at 63. That's three really good hitters who were off-balance, and Moronta -- who got some help from Brandon Crawford's smooth glove -- had one of the best relief innings of the year by a Giant.

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